As an incentive to improve the sanitary conditions of Paynesville City, the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), has announced to community leaders that a special prize will be awarded to the “cleanest community” at the end of the Paynesville beautification project.
Over the past few days, teenagers, young men and women between the ages of 15 and 25, have been seen brushing parts of Paynesville along the Roberts International Airport (RIA) highway and cleaning clogged drainages.
Overseeing the entire effort is Paynesville City Mayor Cyvette Gibson.
Even on Broad Street, in the heart of Monrovia, young men, who are working to beautify that part of the Capitol, have removed old and worn out iron rails, which served as fences around flowers and trees planted in the middle of the street. The men can also be seen digging to install new and strong rails around the decorations.
Recently President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf set up a special taskforce for the beautification of Monrovia and other surrounding cities in Montserrado County.
The special taskforce is headed by former Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) Mayor now Director-General of the General Services Agency (GSA), Madam Mary T. Broh. It is co-chaired by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with various city authorities as members.
Following her appointment, Madam Broh said she and her team will move in various communities “like a hurricane, sweeping and cleaning up all and everything that looks like debris.” She dubbed herself “Hurricane Mary Broh.”
After the formation of the taskforce, Madam Broh called a general meeting in which she met with mayors of all the cities. The meeting, which took place in the GSA compound, was held on October 15. It was aimed at defining the role of each taskforce member.
It was agreed at the meeting that the various municipalities of Montserrado County recruit a combined total of 1,000 students and youths, who will carry out the clean up exercise, while the authorities of those municipalities monitor the work.
Speaking to journalists over the weekend, PCC Director of Communications, Press and Public Affairs, Jani K. Jallah, said PCC will task community leaders to carry out the recruitment of students, while PCC will monitor and evaluate them.
According to her, community chairpersons will be tasked with recruiting students and others from their communities to carry out the day-to-day clean up process.
“What we have decided as a city is to give our community leaders the responsibility to lead the beautification exercise. We will support them with the necessary technical expertise, and at the same time play the monitoring and evaluation role. We want this to be done and owned by the communities. In other words, we want residents of Paynesville, through their local leaderships, to take ownership of the entire process,” Ms. Jallah said.
She stated that the process will officially kick off on November 15 and will run until December 15, 2015.
She pointed out that at the end of the project, PCC will present a “cleanest community in Paynesville City” award.
“The entire project will be climaxed with the presentation of the award. We are doing this to encourage competition in the city.” She disclosed that the City Corporation, along with the NGO community in the city, will make up a special panel that will do the selection of the cleanest community at the end of the month-long exercise.
Ms. Jallah bragged: “Paynesville has over the years been the best city in terms of organization and governance and we want to remain the best forever.”
Director Jallah stated that the birth of this project will lead to what she described as “establishments of Community Based Enterprises (CBEs)” and the CBEs will be spearheaded by young people in various communities.
She explained that the idea is to ensure that the beauty and cleanliness of the city is sustained by residents of various communities making up the city.
Ms. Jallah did not say what the award to the cleanest community would be.